Peter Parker needs to pull a Barry Allen (but not come back). The world is ending and when the world ends I tend to look for comfort and I find that comfort in the form of comics. I'm sure I'm not alone. As I was rereading some of my favorite comics, I decided to check … Continue reading Peter Parker Must Die!
Rebel Without a Cause After the dissolution of Force Works and a brief stint fighting alongside the Avengers when they returned to the Marvel universe proper, U.S. Agent next appeared as leader of a group known as The Jury. They were a group of mercenaries originally formed to kill Venom. Walker joined them as they … Continue reading Johnnie Walker Blues Part 2: A Good Man Is Hard to Find
A few years before Superboy, Steel, Cybrog Superman, and Eradicator, before Az-bats, Kyle Rayner, Ben Reilly, or teenage Tony Stark, Steve Rogers stepped down as Catpain America, replaced by a character who had been introduced just a year earlier. This wasn't the first time that Steve Rogers had put down the shield, but it was … Continue reading Johnnie Walker Blues Part 1: The Story of the U.S. Agent
Ultimate We saw in New Avengers where White Tiger and Power Man ended up after Mighty Avengers, but what about the rest of the team? Well, Blue Marvel and Spectrum join the Ultimates, the first version of this team to exist in the mainstream Marvel U. They are joined by Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and … Continue reading The Ewingverse Avengers, Part 3: Ultimate
New to You One of the best parts of Hickman's Avengers run is his development of Roberto "Sunspot" DeCosta from a two dimensional, rich hot head New Mutant to a three dimensional, rich leader of the Avengers. The fact that more isn't being done with him right now is a shame. He's fantastic and his … Continue reading The Ewingverse Avengers, Part 2: The A Stands for Al
Al Ewing should write the New Warriors. Ewing excels at touching multiple corners of the Marvel U in a single series, something that hasn't been done well for an extended period of time since the original run of the New Warriors. While I might focus on the Mighty Avengers being a ground level team of … Continue reading The Ewingverse Avengers, Part 1: The Mighty
Remember when Marvel's crossovers were limited in scope and over in just a few months? When they were about stories that had been building for years, sometimes decades? When the event wasn't slapped on any random issue just to increase sales? I loved those. When the X-Men started what would become an annual tradition of … Continue reading Marvel’s Inferno is 30 Years Old
DC is shutting down their Vertigo line of comics and a lot of comic book fans and professionals are sad to see it go, with good reason: it was a force in the industry. If the history of comics ever needs to be summarized in just a few minutes, Vertigo would surely make the cut. … Continue reading Vertigo is ending because we don’t need it anymore.
And, lo, there was an ending. And it was good. That it's ending. The actual story? Well, that's a mixed bag. Justice League #261 Vibe is dead. Steel is dead. Everyone else has quit. But J'onn J'onzz is still alive and kicking and he's after revenge. So is Vixen. Steel's death has forced her into … Continue reading Redefining a Universe: DC’s “Legends” Crossover, Part 6
Welcome, welcome, to the penultimate edition of our stroll down memory lane. We're into month five of Legends. Things get serious! More tie-ins! And a rather boring event starts pushing us towards some great new beginnings. Justice League #260 It's only getting worse for the Justice League. The Martian Manhunter faces off against the android … Continue reading Redefining a Universe: DC’s “Legends” Crossover, Part 5